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Warm week ahead for Steamboat Springs area

Clouds hang over Mount Werner on October 12. Warm temperatures are expected in Steamboat Springs this week.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Warmer weather will remain in Steamboat Springs this week.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecasts a daytime high of 64 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, followed by a week of temperatures in the mid to high 50s until Saturday.

There is a 20 percent chance of showers from Monday night to Tuesday night, but the forecast calls for a rain-free week from Wednesday through Saturday.

If you're crossing your fingers for snow, you'd better start crossing your toes, too.

Mike Weissbluth, a Steamboat-based meteorologist who operates snowalarm.com, wrote that the storm system has very little cold air, which means snow will likely fall above 12,000 feet. However, after next weekend, cool weather is expected to reappear, he wrote.

"Enjoy the pleasant fall weather now, since it appears we may be in store for a pattern change after next weekend that will bring much cooler and unsettled weather back to the West," Weissbluth wrote.

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Data from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network indicates many parts of Routt County have received more than 1.25 inches of rain this October. Much of Routt County remains under extreme drought conditions, according to U.S. Drought Monitor.

Average October rainfall for the area is 2.17 inches, according to the Colorado Climate Center.

Flows have also stabilized in the Yampa River, which has remained between 70 and 90 cubic feet per second at the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat since Oct. 9. Prior to that, flows hovered between 30 and 60 cfs.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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